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Urban Planner - Program Coordinator I

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension
Houston, TX
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
GIS / Technology
Land-Use Management
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Experience Level: 
Entry Level
AICP Certification: 
Commensurate with experience

Application period closes September 18. Interviews begin September 14.

Position Background

This position is for people with a passion for community planning, public engagement, and data-driven tools and analyses. Our organization works on community planning projects while leading several statewide programs that help communities focus on how they grow, manage land use, reduce risks, and sustain their natural resources. We believe that public participation is a critical part of community planning. It can connect the dots on multiple levels and address wider goals for resiliency, sustainability, and quality of life. The hires will also be a key member of the CHARM program. CHARM is an interactive, GIS-based sim-city style mapping platform for helping elected officials and community stakeholders understand local hazards and strategies for long-term planning. We are seeking applicants who bring a well-rounded professional background and who thrive working as part of a team. Strong analytical and technical skills in planning need to be supported by soft skills in stakeholder engagement, relationship building, and facilitation. The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and years of experience. Benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.

Primary Qualifications

  • A Master degree and 0 years’ experience or a Bachelor’s degree and 1 years planning related experience is required for this position.
  • The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in urban planning, natural resource management, or allied discipline.
  • Strong GIS experience is preferred. AICP and CFM certifications are valued but not required.
  • Candidates will have demonstrated knowledge and skills in planning methods, analyses, and research.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills for facilitating relationships with staff, elected/appointed officials, decision-makers, and program partners.
  • Ability to multitask and use critical thinking to help develop projects.
  • Work independently or in a team environment to meet project deadlines.
  • Ability to attend to details while keeping big-picture goals in mind.
  • Facilitation skills for community workshops, public meetings and project committees.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills for preparing and presenting subject matter material to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Experience with project development, program and budget development, grant writing is welcomed.
  • Knowledge of Word processing, spreadsheet, PowerPoints, and other database applications.
  • Hires must be able to travel overnight for project work and planning meetings.


Texas A&M AgriLife is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Veterans/Disability Employer

Published on:
September 4, 2020 - 8:52am
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